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Lower Merion School District

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132 PROGRAMS HOMEWORK May 2011' 12/19/88

132 HOMEWORK

To establish homework criteria for teachers, parents/guardians and students which will increase the effectiveness of instruction for students.

"Homework" shall mean those assignments given to students which are to be prepared or completed outside Of the school day

Homework shall be assigned regularly to students by teachers in an amount consistent with best practices as evidenced in the educational research. It shall be a purposeful and congruent part of the instructional process. It shall be evaluated by teachers in a manner that provides timely feedback. And, atthe middle and high school levels, homework shall count as a part of the student's gr ade for the class/course consistent with the relationship of homework to student learning and overall student achievement.

The Superintendent shall prepare, distribute and administer regulations governing homework. The regulations shall include:

1. Purpose and importance of the homework assignment;

2. Role of the teacher in homework assignment;

3. Role of the stU-eent in homework assignment;

4. How parent/guardian may assist in the homework process;

5. Homework intire elementary school;

6. Homework in the middle school; and

7. Homework in the high school.

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HOMEWORK

Student learning and achievement is a complex and continuous process which is not limited to school. Homework permits the student to practice skills learned during the scbool day. expand the learning to deepen the student's knowledge, and be introduced to new content. Furthermore, research shows a positive relationship between moderate amounts of homework and achievement for students at the secondary level. As the student advances? through the grades, homework assignments should increase gradually in complexity and in the expected amount of time required for completion.

Because students differ in abilities, needs and interests, theYleguire varying amoupts of time to complete similar assignments and some students may require h:0mewerk assigntri~!s that are different from those given to peers. Homework assignments! therefore, should be dlfferentiated for students as appropriate.

A. Purposes of Homework Assignments

Homework assignments are designed to:

1. Provide feedback to teachers abaut student leamrng~

3. LeaQ;;,1o independence a d self-discipline in compJeting individual assignments;

4. rrostet effective collaboration when group tasks are assigned;

5. Expand rhestudent's depth ef understanding and ability to apply learning'

6. Broaden ami:'stimpJate intellectual/creative development;

7. Reinforce prcblem-solving approaches and techniques'

8. Expand the student's appreciation of the world in which he/she lives; and

9. Instill a sense of confidence in the student for attaining a recognized objective.

B. Role of the Teacher in Homework Assignment

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The teacher's role is to:

1. Make certain that the assignment has genuine meaning;

2. Make the purpose and expected outcome of the homework clear, so that students will be able to proceed independently within a reasonable and developmentally appropriate timeframe;

3. Recognize that all students benefit from appropriatelyassigned homework;

4. When practical, supervise the beginning of any assignment so that the student understands what is required and is able to complete it independently;

5. Ptovide students with sound study skills, as needed;

6. Differentiate tasks to address student interes~ts;._.qearni:ng styles, ariyliievement levels;

7. Provide access to all needed materials and resources'

8. Understand that not all students have optitrfal resources

9. Take into consideration other demands on student's time when assigning homework;

10. Be certain that homework assignments. are completed within an appropriate timeline;

L 1. Assess student understanding of the' learning task arid follow up with classroom instruction;

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12. Evruija:fe assigned homework.in a timely and appropriate manner.

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I. Make certain that he/she understands the requirements of the assignment as to its purpose, format, and due date;

2. Assume responsibility for completion ofindividual assignments;

3. Utilize study tools and available materials;

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4.. Manage study time effectively in school and at home; and

5. Complete his/her part of any assignments involving the cooperation ofone or more classmates.

D. Parent/Guardian

Parents/guardians may assist in the homework process by:

1. Providing. an atmosphere which is conducive to-studying andcGftlple-ting assignments;

2. Encouraging the student to study at a regular time;

3. Assisting the student in understanding the, homework assignment;

4. Checking assignments occasionally. for completion and legibility;

5. Encouraging the student to work independently; and

6. Assisting the student with time-management. ~.

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1. Informal homeworlCsuch es Iisteaing ,to stories, watching an educational program. or

collecting materials to he used in the classroom should be the initial type of assignment given to childrenas they 'begin their school career. Parents of primary school children may _as!,>ist in their children's reading skills development by reading aloud to them.

2. Formal homework should be introduced when the students are considered ready to benefit from It. Beginning with first grade, such assignments should typically require no more than 10 minutes perevening to prepare. Assignments should be based upon the teacher's knowledge ofeach student and the teacher's judgment asto the appropriateness and frequency of theassignmenrs,

3. The amount of time Deeded for formal homework should be increased by no more than 10 minutes per year for· grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 'So that by fifth grade, no more than .50 minutes of homework will typically be assigned to students.

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4. Elementary school teachers shouJd not assign homework on weekends on a regular basis.

Homework should not be given directly before a long weekend or holiday break that is expected to be completed over the break.

5. Homework assignments should have due dates and times that correspond with regular school days and hours. In other words, homework assignments should not be given due dates or times that occur in the evening or over weekends orholidays.

6. In order to be meaningful and effective homework Heeds to. be checked and assessed for completion and correctness on .fl regular basis. Each teacher needs to inform students and parents at the beginning of the year regarding how homework will be assigned, assessed, and included as part of the student's grade.

F. Homework in the Middle School

1. Formal homework assignments should typically require n0JIore than an average of 10 to 15 minutes per academic subject in, sixth grade; 15-20 m:±nutes per academic subject in seventh grade, and 20 to 25 minutes per subject in eighth grade. However, 00 more than a total of 60 minutes should be spent on homewerk-in sixth grade, 70 minutes in seventh grade, and 80 minutes in eighth.grade. Therefore, it is imperative that the middle school team members communicate and collaborate frequently to ensure that students are not given homework assignments that could, reasonably be expected to exceed these times.

2. Unless other arrangernentf cannot be made, only one pre-announced test in a core content area per day should be scheduled.

3. Homework should not be given directly before a long weekend or holiday break that is expected to be completed over the break.

4. Homework assignments should have due dates and times that correspond with regular school days and hours. [0 other words homework assignments should not be given due dates or times that occur in the evening or over weekends or holidays.

5. In order to be meaningful and effective, homework needs to be checked and assessed for completion and correctness on a regular basis, Each teacher needs to inform students and

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parents at the beginning of the year in writing regarding how homework will be assigned, assessed and included as part of the student's grade.

G. Homework in the Senior High School

1. Students in senior high school generally need to carry an average of 5.25 credits each year in order to meet the district graduation requirement of 21 credits. Generally, a ninth grade student carrying. the typical number of credits vshould expect to spend approximately ninety minutes per day on homework, either in school or at home. This expected amount of time should increase by no more than 10 minutes. per year for the following three years, so that by senior year, 12* graders should tYpically expect to

recei ve no more than two hours of homework per day. ' .

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2. The Lower Merion Scbool District does not limit tlie numb~n,9f courses a high school

student can take during the regular school day nor is there a reStnstion on the number of AP courses a student may take. Therefore. a student choosing to rake more than 5.25 credits a year and/or taking one or more AP courses should expect the amount of homework to be greater than the amount of homework expected of students taking-fewer credits and students not taking AP courses.

3. Students planning to lake more tHan a typical-easeload of credits and/or planning to take one or more AP courses should meet with their school counselor in advance of scheduling in order to discuss t,l.~e-manage)p:~nt issues relating to homework and how this decision may impact the abil1tytd engage in other school and non-school related activities.

4. Whenever possible, the e*'6}rnination schedule should be structured so as to avoid assi~ning more than two full-class period examinations per day.

5. Homework should not be given directly before a long weekend or holiday break that is expected to be completed over the break.

6. Homework as;;ignments should have due dates and times that correspond with regular school days anti hours, In other words, homework assignments should not be given due dates or times that occur in the evening or over weekends or holidays.

7. In order to be meaningful and effective, homework needs to be checked and assessed for completion and correctness on a regular basis. Each teacher needs to inform students and parents ill writing at the beginning of the year regarding how homework will be assigned, assessed, and included as part of the student's grade.

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